JSTOR Daily (JD) launched on October 1, with editor Catherine Halley at the helm, and early responses have been uniformly enthusiastic. The site, which has been up in beta version since June, features an ongoing series of weekly feature articles and daily blog posts that cover areas ranging from the arts to politics to technology—recent subjects include women in video games, Gertrude Stein, and the semantics of McDonald’s. Each piece links to content from JSTOR’s library that has been opened up for free access to JD users.
Citing concerns about the privacy of employees and the security of their networks, both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and nonprofit JSTOR have filed motions intervening in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that seeks to obtain Secret Service documents regarding internet activist Aaron Swartz.
I never met Aaron Swartz, though I certainly knew of him. I’ve been teaching library school students about him since his 2011 arrest for sneaking into an MIT server closet to mass-download the contents of JSTOR. I learned of his death by his own hand via airport wireless, early on the morning of Saturday, January 12. Exhausted by a week of teaching a data-curation bootcamp for librarians and digital humanists, the most I could muster was a weak, aghast “aigh. no.”
Not-for-profit digital archive JSTOR debuted its new Register and Read experimental program on March 5. Still in beta testing, Register and Read is one of several initiatives designed to extend JSTOR access to those not affiliated with participating institutions. The program is free to use, though PDF versions of some articles are also available for […]
Photo by Debora Miller When Aaron Swartz, an open information activist, was indicted by federal prosecutors for downloading as much of JSTOR as he could using a laptop computer wired into MIT’s servers (and of course without authorization from JSTOR or MIT), people’s responses stake out the extreme opposites of approaches to accessing research in […]